I just came back from Tassie after spending a couple of weeks there having a good look around. While I was there I did a little land-based angling right down the east coast.
Needless to say I was disappointed with the results. Off the beaches the fish were few and far between and the bay areas were not much better with rock cod, small couta and undersize flathead the order of the day. I got talking to some of the old locals who informed me that the fishing has been cactus for the last few years, and the price of seafood there is dearer than here with crays at $125/kg and scallops $40/kg. I was happy to get back home.
Salmon are about in reasonable numbers and with the colder weather on the way their numbers and size should increase. Gunnamatta beach has seen some good fish over 2kg coming in.
At Woolamai and Williamsons beaches good numbers of fish in the 0.5-1kg range have been caught right on the top of the tide and the first hour of the run-out.
Outside the Entrance there are some reasonable tiger flathead around the 40-metre line along with silver whiting. To catch silver whiting just use your normal whiting gear, no. 6-8 longshank hooks with a small strip of squid will do the trick while you are drifting for flathead.
There have also been reports of kingfish off Cape Woolamai and Seal Rocks with quite a few hook ups but not many fish landed.
Some good quality garfish are being caught in Dickies Bay. Whiting are still patchy both in quantity and size and pinkies are still about but you have to move around a bit to locate sizable fish.
Quite a few small snook are hanging about over the reefs. As the weather cools the larger fish will start to show up over the winter months to breed in the weed beds. There are still some good whiting about but as always when fishing this area you have to run round a bit to find the fish.Reads: 402